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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mets Fan Play-by-Play

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Howie Rose, Mets broadcaster and the author (with Phil Pepe) of Put It In the Book!: A Half-Century of Mets Mania (Triumph Books, 2013), shares his story of becoming a play-by-play announcer (including early gigs on WNYC) alongside the 50-year history of the baseball team.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Ira Berkow

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about following the New York Mets for the last 50 years. He also told us that he's a fan of Little Richard. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ira Berkow on 50 Years of the Mets

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow discusses the Mets and his collection of opinions, stories, and observations from his long and distinguished career. From memories of inaugural franchise manager Casey Stengel and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to reflections on ace Johan Santana and the superstar David Wright, Summers at Shea is a collection of 50 years of his writing, bringing to life Mets’ personalities from the last half century.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Cyclones to Re-Dedicate Jackie Robinson Statue

Monday, August 19, 2013

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Monday is "Diversity Day" for the Brooklyn Cyclones. The minor league baseball team is calling attention to the courage of Jackie Robinson after a statue of him and teammate Pee Wee Reese at their ballpark was defaced with a swastika earlier in August.

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WNYC News

A New York 'Middleman' in the Baseball Doping Scandal

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The baseball doping scandal dominating sports headlines this week has put an employee of a prominent New York sports agency, ACES, in the spotlight. In an article in The New York Times Wednesday, Steve Eder delves into the role a so-called middleman, Juan Carlos Nunez, may have played in the unfolding scandal.

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The Takeaway

Yankees' A-Rod, 12 Other Players Receive MLB Suspensions

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Yesterday, 12 players involved in the Biogenesis scandal each agreed to a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez received a harsher penalty, banning him through the 2014 season, though he plans to appeal the 211-game suspension. Under league rules, he is allowed to play until an arbitrator decides the case. Jay Goldberg spent 15 years as a sports agent. He joins us to break down the consequences of the suspension for A-Rod, the MLB, and baseball fans.

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WNYC News

A-Rod's Background Points to Troubled Path

Monday, August 05, 2013

Judgment Day for Alex Rodriguez has arrived. Major League Baseball hit the Yankees slugger with a 211-game suspension that will keep him out the rest of this season and through 2014.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bradley Manning Verdict; The Age of Adulthood; LEGO

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted on charges of aiding the enemy in the Wikileaks case, but convicted of other counts. Fred Kaplan of Slate and Arun Rath, who has been in the courtroom, talk about the verdict and the sentencing. Then: a look at a possible suspension for Alex Rodriguez. Plus: the future of Madison Square Garden; the business of LEGO; and a conversation about the age when people become responsible for their actions. Is 30 the new 20 when it comes to adulthood?

WNYC News

Pesca: A-Rod Will Fight MLB Settlement

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Rodriguez has some options, and the ability to fight it."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With George Vecsey

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey spends the hour talking about his life and times covering sports for The New York Times and his other interests, including music.  He'll talk New York sports, including A-Rod and steroids, and the coming of the Brooklyn Nets, plus his new blog where he suggests a song for Stevie Wonder to sing for Trayvon Martin.  And he'll take your calls at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour with George Vecsey; John Liu; DC Politics

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey, New York Times sports columnist and author, spends a full hour on the show. He'll talk about covering baseball in New York and take listener questions. Plus: New York City Comptroller John Liu talks about his campaign to be the Democratic candidate for mayor; listeners react to new images of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; and Molly Ball of The Atlantic looks at the week ahead in Washington politics.

→ Online Forum: Did Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

WNYC News

Foul Ball: Crowds Shrink for Yanks, Mets

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fewer fans this year are saying, ‘Take me out to the ballgame.’

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WNYC News

Texas Baseball Fan Scores Surprise Tickets to All-Star Game at Citi Field

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A lucky baseball fan from Austin, TX got surprise tickets to Tuesday’s All-Star game.

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WNYC News

Brian Lehrer's Baseball Challenge: Pick Your All-Time NY All-Star Team

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is Tuesday evening at Citi Field in Queens, home of the Mets. 

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WNYC News

Baseball All-Star Game Coming to Queens Tuesday

Friday, July 12, 2013

One of the biggest games of the baseball season is taking place at Citi Field in Queens next week.

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WNYC News

The Yankees and A-Rod's Contract

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Alex Rodriguez is on the bench recovering from an injury. But the Yankees third baseman’s time off the field could be extended.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Dwight Gooden

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Former pitcher Dwight Gooden was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his amazing career and his struggles with drug addiction. Find out what he's been reading and watching recently!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden; the History of Superman; the Novel, Sparta; "Dirty Wars"

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

On today’s show: Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning 3 World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions on reality television. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Roxana Robinson discusses her new novel, Sparta. Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley discuss their new documentary “Dirty Wars.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden talks about his memoir of his talent, addiction, and recovery. In Doc, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his family; the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York; his self-destructive drug binges; and his three World Series rings.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Every Kid Wins

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jeff Ourvan, author of How to Coach Youth Baseball So Every Kid Wins, discusses his guidelines for making the game a constructive and fun experience for all players.

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